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UN Warns that Over 1 Million Children in Afghanistan are at Risk of Wasting

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

According to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), 1.1 million Afghan children are at risk of wasting this year.

The organization said in a tweet yesterday, Tuesday, May 17, that the situation of children in Afghanistan is concerning, and that the figure is twice as high as in 2018.

Severe child wasting happens when children are “too thin for their height, resulting in a weakened immune system,” according to UNICEF.

Following the Taliban takeover in August of last year, development funding was suspended and Afghan assets were frozen, escalating the economic crisis.

International aid, according to Save the Children, is insufficient to combat hunger in Afghanistan, which is troubled by political turmoil.

International aid, according to Save the Children, is insufficient to combat hunger in Afghanistan, which is troubled by political turmoil.

Due to the negative impacts of the Russia-Ukraine war and severe drought, about 10 million children are in risk of starvation malnutrition.

Despite recent increases in international aid to Afghanistan, 50 percent of the country’s population is in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

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